DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders will meet again to find a way out of the state government shutdown. Meanwhile, lobbyists, union representatives and special interest groups are descending on the Capitol.
The state budget deal brewing between Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders involves a lot of debt, including perhaps borrowing $700 million by tapping future tobacco settlement payments.
All Things Considered speaks with State Rep. and Assistant Majority Leader Kurt Daudt and DFL Sen. Sandra Pappas about the efforts of legislative leaders to work with Gov. Mark Dayton to hammer out details of the budget outline agreement announced yesterday.
With a budget framework now in hand, DFL Gov. Mark Dayton and Republican legislative leaders went to work Friday, trying to fill in the details of a two-year spending plan that will end the state government shutdown.
As negotiators work out details to end Minnesota's state government shutdown, reaction to the potential deal is mixed among state residents. We sampled the sentiment of people in the Bemidji area today.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday called state employees the "real heroes" of the budget stalemate and shutdown and said he's hopeful they will get back pay to make up for lost wages. During an appearance on MPR's Midday program, Dayton said he hoped to call lawmakers back into special session on Monday to approve the budget deal and end the shutdown.
DFL Gov. Mark Dayton made the move that will likely end the state government shutdown by accepting a Republican budget offer -- with a few new conditions -- that he had initially rejected two weeks ago.